Violin

A skeletal electric violin 3D printed by Katahashi Instruments

Back then, if craftsmen wanted to go for intricate designs, it meant hours, months, or even years of work. Depending on the properties of the material they use, some shapes are almost impossible to try. Luckily, modern manufacturing methods turn insane concepts into reality. Just like the sophisticated silhouette of the Karen Ultralight.

Katahashi Instruments says the captivating aesthetic of this electric violin comes from Anima Design. It works much like your average electric guitar, which means those who know how to play the violin will be right at home here. As we said earlier, the jaw-dropping outline of this build is one of the many cool things about it.

The Karen Ultralight not only looks futuristic, but so does the process behind it. Instead of primarily using wood for the bodywork and other components, they 3D print the generative framework in polyamide. This almost organic silhouette gives it a daring skeletal look like that of openworked watches.

It wraps around a maple body with a birch fingerboard – both in a carbon fiber finish. Katahashi Instruments says the 4/4 Electric Violin uses Jujube wood for the chin rest and tuning pegs. Users can connect its active pickup system via a standard 1/4 inch jack to an amp.

Turn the electric violin over to access a small compartment and connect a 9V battery. Plug in headphones and play in privacy without disturbing others. Each Karen Ultralight comes with a composite bow, rosin, shoulder rest, 9V battery and case. Finally, it is available in Black Piano, Pearl White, Dark Platinum and Red Copper colors.

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Images courtesy of Katahashi Instruments